POINTS EARNED FOR COMPLETING A CHALLENGE
To earn Amazing Camp-Land Race points, you must be a Registered Participant, send your Official Registration No. and snapshots proving completion of the Challenge by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or paper photos sent by US mail to The Amazing Camp-Land Race, c/o Camp-Land RV, 1171 Lions Drive, Burns Harbor, IN46304. Photos taken with a cell phone are fine.
There are hundreds of excellent campgrounds within a day’s drive of the Chicago-NW Indiana area. Privately owned and operated campgrounds normally have excellent facilities & complete hookups; quite often they have swimming pools and other recreational facilities. We encourage you to patronize them.
However, there are a lot of State and National parks that offer a different kind of camping experience. Miles of hiking trails, beautiful natural features, historical treasures and acres of vacant forest and fields. That experience usually comes at the cost of somewhat less in the way of hook-ups and man-made entertainment. Our Featured Campground Point System is intended to encourage you to sample a variety of camping experiences.
5 POINTS PER VISIT – CAMP ONE OR MORE NIGHTS IN ANY ESTABLISHED PRIVATE, STATE OR NATIONAL CAMPGROUND THAT IS NOT ON OUR FEATURED LIST. You score once whether you stay one night or 7. If you visit the same campground more than once, you can score 5 points each Saturday night that you are sleeping there.
To register points, send two photos (one photo wearing the official tee shirt by the Park Entrance Sign and one at your campsite). If you are claiming more than one visit at the same campground, you will need to send a time-stamped photo of yourself at the campsite or a photo of the campground receipt showing a Saturday date.
25 POINTS PER VISIT—FEATURED STATE PARKS IN STATES OF IL, IN, WI & MI. You score 25 points each time you camp overnight or longer in a different park on the FEATURED list. If you make a repeat visit to a featured park, the second visit will score 5 points as a visit to any other campground would. To register points, send a photo next to the Park Entrance Sign and another at your campsite. (Or a picture of the campground receipt if it is a repeat visit)
25 POINTS PER VISIT – FEATURED NATIONAL PARKS OR OTHER CAMPGROUNDS OUTSIDE OUR 4-STATE AREA. You score 25 points each time you camp overnight or longer in a different park on the nationwide featured list. If you make a repeat visit to a targeted park, the second visit will score 5 points as a visit to any other campground would. To register points, send a photo next to the Park Entrance Sign and another at your campsite.
15 POINTS PER EVENT – SPECIAL FEATURED CAMPING EVENTS LIKE FESTIVALS & RALLIES. You score 15 points any time you camp at any campground and attend one of the named events. To score, you will need a photo of a family member in their official shirt in a setting that is specific to of the event and another photo at your campsite.
5 POINTS PER SPECIFIED BONUS LANDMARK VIEWED – THESE ARE ALL NAMED LOCATIONS WITHIN OR NEAR ONE OF THE FEATURED PARKS. They will usually be visited while camping in that park, but could also be visited as a day-visitor if you happen to be staying at another nearby campground. To score, two pictures will need to clearly show that you were in the right place.
POINTS FOR CAMPING HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
OUTDOOR CAMPSITE COOKING –
Cook outdoors using an open fire, a gas or charcoal grill, or an outdoor gas stove – any source of heat except a microwave or other electric appliances. Dutch oven, skillet, skewer, pot, pan are all ok. But, if you do it over an open wood fire or in a dutch oven you get extra bonus points.
5 POINTS – USING YOUR OWN FAVORITE RECIPE, COOK A DISH OUTDOORS . Claim your points by submitting your recipe, one photo of the cook at work and one of the finished product. Your recipe will be published on our blog and will then be available to other Amazing Race participants. You can do as many different recipes as you wish and claim points for each one
4 POINTS – COOK OUTDOORS USING A RECIPE FROM OUR COOKBOOK. We will post a limited AMAZING CAMP-LAND COOKBOOK IN May. Also, those who are cooking their own favorite recipes will contribute their recipes to the AMAZING CAMP-LANDRACE COOKBOOK throughout the summer. Choose any of the recipes. You can do it as often as you wish and claim the points, as long as it is a different recipe each time.
TWO POINT CAMPFIRE BONUS – COOK THE RECIPE OVER AN OPEN WOOD FIRE and you will get a two point bonus.
FOUR POINT DUTCH OVEN COOKING BONUS – COOK THE RECIPE IN A DUTCH OVEN OVER COALS and you will get a 4-point bonus. Use coals from your fire or use charcoal brickets under the dutch oven (and on top if the recipe calls for it).
CAMPING HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
Do any of a long list of Hobbies and Activites that is published on our blog. More will be added as the summer progresses. You can do as many as you wish and claim the points, as long as you do a different one each time. Repeating an activity more than one time does not earn points. And, remember, it is a family game and you are competing as a team. One person may do all or most of the work on a project, but the family team can only score once for that activity. Two pictures of a family member, in uniform, doing the hobby or activity will be needed to score.
3 POINTS – DOING ANY HOBBY OR ACTIVITY FROM THE LIST SCORES three points for the team. Two photos are required that show the Challenge was really completed. Some of the Challenges have a tangible product that really proves the Challenge was met. Some do not. Your fellow-campers will be trusting you not to pose with a shuffleboard stick and claim you played shuffleboard. Wouldn’t be much fun, anyway.
GETTING POINTS AND WINNING PRIZES IS FUN. EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES IN THIS AMAZING RACE WILL BE A WINNER IF THEY EXPERIENCE A COUPLE OF NEW PLACES OR ACTIVITIES THAT THEY OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE. THOSE WHO ARE REALLY LUCKY MAY EVEN DISCOVER A NEW HOBBY THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.